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Purple Patch: 4 Favorite Shades of Purple In 2014

For 2014, Pantone has announced that their Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. This shade of purple has set off a wave of love for shades of purple. There are many different shades of the color, and they all work around the house, in different ways. Consider some of the most popular shades of purple, and how they affect us.

1. Radiant Orchid

Radiant orchid

Image via Bashar Al-Ba’noon

Since this is the Color of the Year, it is likely going to be one of the most popular shades in 2014. However, it’s a shade of purple that has been popular for many years. The light, bright color evokes a sense of wonder and enchantment. In fact, this is why the color was chosen for 2014.

It is a color of fantasy and innovation. This color can be used in any room of the house, and works especially well in girl’s bedrooms, offices, and even bathrooms. It can easily be used either as a wall color or an accent color to add flair.

2. Eggplant


Image via Wikipedia

Another beautiful shade of purple, eggplant is one of the popular colors to use as an accent in living rooms, bedrooms, and more. This color is deep and rich. It adds a sense of sophistication and drama to a room. In general, eggplant is not used as a main color in a room, because of its dark color.

Instead, it is usually used as an accent, in chairs, window treatments, and even as a color on an accent wall. The shade is associated with wealth and creativity. Because of this, it is best used in rooms that are seen regularly, such as a living room.

3. Violet

This shade of purple takes after its namesake, the violet flower. Violet is a bright, vibrant shade of purple.

violet color sky stars

The effect that violet has on us is one of creativity and happiness. When looking to add a fun color to your home, violet is a great option. This color is frequently used in bedrooms, because of the element of fun that is evoked with the color. In addition, it can be used easily in bathrooms or in an office.

4. Royal Purple

If you are interested in a color that has the deep resonance of wealth and the uplifting characteristics of all shades of purple, consider royal purple. This is a deep purple that is seen as one of the more stimulating colors. Royal purple can also offer a sense of spirituality.

Royal purple color sea lighting

Because of the dark, rich tones of the color it makes for a perfect accent to any room. Adding royal purple to a home helps it feel more comfortable and richly appointed. The sense of peace that comes with this color, as well, is beneficial in bedrooms and office rooms.

Select the right shade of purple for you

There are several shades of purple to choose from. Selecting the right shade for any room in your home depends on a few factors. Not only do you need to make sure that the shade works with the other colors in the room, you need to ensure that the feelings the shade evokes are what you want in the room.

How do you feel about these shades, and about purple in general?

Do you already use purple in your spaces? What combinations work best in those spaces?


Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.

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